An excellent episode full of breathtaking, heartbreaking scenes and just enough humour to stop our tears. Plus, a warm welcome to Westeros for Richard E Grant
Spoiler alert: this blog is published after Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the US on Sunday night and on Foxtel in Australia on Monday afternoon. Do not read unless you have watched season six, episode five, which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm, and is repeated in Australia on Showcase on Monday, at 7.30pm AEST.
The time has come for you to be me. Am I ready? No.
Excuse me while I get my breath back. When Game of Thrones is good it is really, really good and this was an excellent episode, perfectly paced with just the right amount of stories and some welcome humour to punctuate the big emotional scenes. The most emotional came at the last, as we finally learnt how Hodors name came into being. It was a heartbreaking end for the good-natured giant as he held the door of the episode title against the on-rushing hordes of the Nights King and was torn to death for his pains. That slow demise was interspersed with a flashback showing the convulsing young Willis desperately muttering hold the door, hold the door as the events of future and past collided. Poor Hodor: everything was always moving towards this one terrible moment in which his bravery saved Bran and Meera at the cost of his own life.
Read more: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/may/23/game-of-thrones-recap-season-six-episode-five-the-door">http://www.theguardian.com/us</a>